Classic old local with a beer selection you donít find most places! Sit by the fireplace and enjoy some rare cask ales in outstanding condition.
Boudicca (1175) London, England | September 18, 2011| Updated February 19, 2012
I like the Southampton Arms very much and Iím considering making it my local as itís only a few minutes away on the North London line (now known as the London Overground). Its selection of ales and ciders from UK microbreweries is fantastic, their roast pork baps are delicious and the service is excellent. However, there is a rub: the place has become a victim of its own success and can sometimes get so crowded and noisy that itís almost stressful to be there. If you pick your time right, though, and can find a space at one of the assorted tables or outside in the small garden at the back, itís a delight. It has an old fashioned feel, as if itís been put together with pieces from a salvage yard, right down to the tiles behind the bar which are reminiscent of butchersí shops of old. They have a quiz on Mondays and a pianist Ė sometimes a trumpeter as well - on other evenings.
(Last visited 14 January 2012).
Slightly hard environment - saloon rather than lounge. 60s vinyl being played - win! Lovely friendly staff. Great selection of ciders and perries. Everything well served. Pork pie delicious. Could survive with this as my local, certainly.
Really nice pub with a large ever changing selection of British micros. Would have liked to see some foreign beers, but thatís not why you come here I guess. Early evenings it is lovely here, but after about 7 it fills up, particularly Fridays and Saturdays with moneyed trendies who seem to have come to experience a íreal pubí. Some smugness from these kind of patrons. £2.95 for most pints is unbelievable value. Havenít had the snacks so canít really comment but the selection looks good. A regular visit for me.
Splendid little pub, hand picked range of British micros well worth going out of the way for. Not just for tickers, the beers may be rare, but the quality is also fine. Fine pork pies if you are a bit hungry. Ciders, too, it thatís what you prefer.
I assume this place is packed at times, so finding an off-peak time to go is probably wise.
I liked this place, but boy of boy, by the time I walked up and down Kentish Town Road, getting sweaty and lost, I wasnít much in the mood for a load of people sitting around listening to piano music, plus I couldnít get a seat. Never mind. The range of ales was good, but my standards had already been raised by the Rake, CASK etc, so it suffered a bit by comparison. I liked the fact that the ales they carried were from smaller, newer breweries.
A rather small pub - traditionally decorated, but catering to a you crowd. The service was a bit slow due to the pub being very busy. Youíll easily find somethin new here - I found 12 new ticks about 50/50 split between beers and ciders, so even if youíre only going for beers, it is definately worth a stop.
Many great points about this place but on the whole i think its reputation far exceeds what it actually offers....
I think playing vinyl is pretentious, others think its cool, two dogs roaming the pub doesnt do much for me, i guess animal lovers enjoy, i think its very very small and crowded and not comformtable, others think this is atmosphere....
The ales are good, not outstanding selection but very good.
Maybe in the middle of the day its better, but given its location in the mddle of nowhere and not a very nice bit of nowhere i wont rush back during the evening.
FriarHop (5) Long Beach, New York | May 10, 2011| Updated May 16, 2012
Enjoyed a few pints with a pork pie while the piano was being tuned.
I finally got to this place. Definitely one of the best pubs in London. The selection is great, with a solid range of about eight cask ales and eight ciders. (These numbers are approximates.) the layout is good, a variety of tables and benches. Good decor, vintage beer ephemera. But the top attraction is the vinyl. Yes, the Southampton Arms actually plays real vinyl records for their house music. Iíve been to a few bars/pubs around the world and this is the first place Iíve seen do this. The warm crackles and hisses just add infinite layers of credibility, excellence and deeceness to this pub. All beers and ciders were in good condition and the bartenders were pleasant and dealing with the crowds well. I recommend this place very highly.